[Owncloud] Client Side encryption with OwnCloud

Cornelius Schumacher schumacher at kde.org
Fri Oct 25 20:44:20 UTC 2013

On Friday 25 October 2013 Klaas Freitag wrote:
> On 25.10.2013 18:34, Cornelius Schumacher wrote:
> > 
> > To me client-side encryption is the one big missing feature in ownCloud.
> > This would enable hosting it on an server you don't control, and still
> > have full ownership and control of your data.
> Well, you own the data on the server, but its useless there for you.

It's only useless for any server-side processing, and that's the whole point.

> So
> what is the use case of the entire ownCloud (filemanagement) then? Just
> a hub to synchronize from one device to the other?

Yes, accessing the data from multiple clients. And that could well be web 
clients as well. But the processing would be on the client, and not on the 

Sharing with others becomes tricky, because it would mean some kind of 
exchange of keys, but even that might be a solvable problem.

> Actually yes, that's a feature. But I think we were hoping to make more
> out of ownCloud. And that made the idea slipping further down the
> priority list I think.

More control, more privacy, more security, that's what I personally expect 
from ownCloud. For just writing fancy web applications there are many other 
projects which do a good job. Not saying that it's a bad thing to do it ;-)

> > Is it hard to implement such a feature? Hell yes. But that's part of the
> > fun and the value.
> Does that mean you're in? Great! :-D

That's a trick question, right? Let me say for now I'm in as a supporter of 
the idea ;-)

Cornelius Schumacher <schumacher at kde.org>

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